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    Posted: April 19 2018 at 7:39pm
ah - i see my avitar is back - that is A square 10 on the cover of yank , with a crew photo as well , my father is in the front row but most of those young men look similar - all were young 
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Dad was aboard "our Baby" , tail number A square 10 , hardstand on saipan , left waist gunner , i have not posted a photo for a while - my avitar got lost in the photobucket crash ...GLAD to see someone else still calls it the confederate air force in these overly PC times 

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The Confederate Air Force out here at Falcon Field has a B-17G and for roughly $450.00 you can go for a 45 minute flight
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she is a beautiful sight , i do love seeing all these old bombers still flying , i am inclined to think the largest payloads were the B29s but i admit to not knowing for certain , and since ya-all are talking european theater equipment ill not dwell on it , 

my father was also in bombers , this was a fun read and great photos , 
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Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

Hoadie,

You are right.

My unc!e was in the 101 RAF.


With respect No6 Group was an RCAF formation not an RAF one. It was attached to Bomber Command. By 1945 it is true that 25% of all bomber crews were RCAF so flying in a RAF formation was common. There were RCAF manned squadrons in other RAF groups as there were RAAF and NZ as well as Free French and Polish. Not being a smarta$$ just trying to get it historically correct.
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Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

...If you count the rowboats


And dinghies too.
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Yup its a real Lanc.
V-RA is one of only2 flying Lancasters, They're working on a 3rd.
Terrible weather, 100th anniversary of the RAF fly in. We had so many RAF officers & Rocks I think you could have invaded the U.K. unopposed!
Many didn't make it.
The RAF chipmunk did, the F35 didn't  Hmm. . .
Should we perhaps be buying T 10s?Clap
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...If you count the rowboats
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And I believe the 3rd largest navy.
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Hoadie,

You are right.

My unc!e was in the 101 RAF.
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Actually No6 Group was all RCAF which eventually numbered 14 Squadrons.    This included No 405 City of Vancouver before it was moved to No 8 Pathfinder Group. Some of the squadron, including my father ended up in the newly formed RCAF Transport Squadrons in late 1944. No6 group was part of Bomber Command but specifically Canadian. My mother was a WAAF and she often talked about the Canadian Squadrons. At the end of the war Canada had the 4th largest airforce in the world.
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Paddy: Canada did not have "bombers" in the RCAF during the 2nd whirl at war. All the Canadian bombers were attached to Bomber Command - RAF.

There currently is two Lancasters flying..One in Blighty(owned by the RAF) and our own "VERA".
There will be a third, I'm told - as the RAF has a 2nd Lanc almost complete.
Our Lanc has Packard engines (But that's another story).
There is NO sound on earth like that of a Merlin!! (Realy special when you hear 6 Merlins together).
The Lancaster carried the biggest payload of any bomber in WWII. The BIGGEST bomber was the Stirling, but it carried a smaller payload because of the big spar in the middle. They also had radial engines & couldn't achieve the altitude req'd, so they suffered badly at the hands of the Luftwaffe.
There is NO Stirlings left flying, & there are no Halifax left flying, either. Although, there is ONE restored Halifax at the CFB Trenton air museum. It really is something to see..another beautiful kite.
If you have never heard VERA fly by low & slow..you are much poorer for it.
There was a documentary film made a couple years back called A Gathering of Giants..Ver went to Blighty to ream up with the RAF's Lanc & they flew all over the UK. Its well worth watching - especially if you have a good sound system.
Leo is the main pilot. He retired from the RCAF. He was in the same cadet sqdn as I (#23). I see him quite a bit, actually.Legion functions etc.(& we have the same dentist & some mutual friends).
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The AVRO Lancaster  was probably the best heavy bomber of the war. With the B17 a very close second.
It ended the war carrying far more than it's design load without complaint.
The boy's of bomber command have had a rough press after the end of the war; but they deserve the respect and gratitude of us all.
Flying night after night to the 4 corners of Germany. They suffered very high casualties. 1 in 3 did not come home.
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Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

Thank him for his service for me.


Thanks Paddy.  He passed in 2005.  He seldom talked about his wartime experiences. 
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Thank him for his service for me.
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"Mynarski  (VC) Memorial Lancaster  from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum at Mount Hope in Hamilton Ontario.  My dad flew in them, Halifax's and Wellingtons before his squadron was moved over to transport duties and flew C47's.  He was a flight engineer but also qualified as a navigator.  He ended the war as a warrant officer having turned down a commission.


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